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Facing Panic Attacks Head On


panic attackA couple of days ago, Laura wrote a blog on how anxiety can morph into panic. Many people experience episodes of mild to moderate panic here and thereā€”a few of the common triggers for such episodes include looming deadlines,

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  • December 13, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Breathing through a straw was one of the most difficult things I’ve done in my life. No lie!

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  • December 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I can do those things, and I know that I am not going to die. I don’t want to do those things (and/or passout)in a situation that I am already uncomfortable in! If I had ANY problems like that in front of the people who caused my panic attacks to begin with, they would repeat the process of harming me again. Exposure to that group by myself (Yes, since this has happened, I now have Agoraphobia.) would increase my PTSD, anxiety and depression to a point I might actually need to be hospitalized! Not all phobias can be approached and cured.

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    • December 15, 2011 at 10:39 am

      @Charlotta: When exposure is done right, it shouldn’t go that way. And PTSD and depression complicate the picture a bit. I hope you find something that works for you.

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  • December 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Sounds a lot like Exposure Response Prevention Therapy for OCD……facing your fears and letting yourself feel the anxiety……thanks for an informative post.

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  • December 25, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Good post. Panic Attacks/Agoraphobia unfortunately do involve a “no pain no gain” path to recovery by way of exposure treatment. Even working with small, baby steps, the sufferer will experience levels of discomfort during “practice”. However, the prognosis is good for those able to persevere with the treatment. It takes time, and progress can feel painfully slow at times. However, as confidence grows, successes will become more frequant. Regardless of any approach to the condition – whether it be counselling, medication, hypnotherapy, CBT etc, at some point you ARE going to have to confront and expose yourself to your fears, in order to recover. Written by a recovering Agoraphobic.

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